Someone asked me the other day about what I do – what I’m doing.
I’ve thought a lot lately about happiness and fulfillment. I see people live their lives so that work serves as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. Conversely, people ask me what’s new and I talk about my work, my latest project, my latest idea and even my latest failure; all with an excitement that one wouldn’t normally prescribe to “work,” but maybe to their weekend pastime or favorite hobby.
The funny thing about that is, that if someone would have told me I would be absolutely enthralled with the idea of selling procurement software… I would have said they were crazy.
But then I realized that what I am doing isn’t the most important part of this question – or what gives it the most meaning – it’s the why.
And the reason I am on the Procurify team is because I believe in what we’re doing, it isn’t about the procurement software at all, really. It’s about changing the world; changing the world by making people happier, making their work more enjoyable, giving them simple, beautiful tools that they really want to use and that fit into their lives. I interviewed one of our clients recently and I was told that the owner used to be stressed out and bogged down by hundreds of phone calls a day asking for the go ahead to make company purchases. And then after implementing our software, he can now do the same amount of work in about 15 minutes, on his tablet, at his cabin. We believe that if you are going to put a process in place, it should make your life easier. You can read that article here.
We are changing the world by erasing the line between work and life. I want people to love their work as much as I do. Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I believe that what we do should be an extension of who we are and that this is how we can be the most creative, productive, inspired and happy.
I believe that creativity is going to save the world. We are faced with new challenges every day, from climate change to water contamination to peak oil and antibiotic resistance. It is going to take creativity to solve these problems, and the only way to drive creativity in organizations is to give people the freedom to find passion in their work. Give them the tools they want to use so that they will never feel like just another cog in the machine, and never feel trapped – only inspired.
There are new jobs today that we never would have dreamed of ten years ago, five years ago! And I hope that this trend will continue. We need to allow people to be creative in their uniquely authentic ways, or forever find ourselves copying past mistakes and faced with the same ever-worsening problems
My dream is to change the world, and see it saved the only way that I believe it can be, by creativity. And if we do it right, nobody will have to work a single day in their lives.